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Directed by Mike Barker from an original screenplay by Ted Griffin, "Best Laid Plans" is a thriller about missed opportunity and regaining one's path.

Every cause has an effect. Every action has a reaction. So learns Nick (Alessandro Nivola), Lissa (Reese Witherspoon) and Bryce (josh Brolin) when each tests the limits of their morality; they find themselves intertwined in a dangerous web of misguided friendship and desperate ambition.

Nick, Lissa and Bryce are three people who are on the brink of changing the paths in their lives. Bryce, an old buddy of Nick's, is preparing for a career in academics. Lissa is following her passion for art. And, Nick is planning on spending what he believes will be a lofty inheritance.

But things go awry when Bryce's unexpected return back into Nick's life provides an opportunity to set things right-and wrong. Each frantic to extract themselves from their predicament, they find they must make difficult moral decisions with life-altering consequences.

"Best Laid Plans" begins innocently enough with a late-night get-together between two old college friends over drinks. Bryce (Josh Brolin), good-looking and living a charmed existence, has returned home for a visit to Tropico, a town in the middle of nowhere. Nick, a home-town boy who dropped out of college due to his father' illness, is now left with nothing and working at a dead-end job at a local recycling plant.

Into the middle of this dubious exercise of Auld Lang Syne walks Lissa (Reese Witherspoon), an alluring young girl who sits down at the bar, crosses her legs and zeroes in on Bryce. She laughs when he spills his drink, Bryce invites her to join them and with a minimum of formalities the reunion adjourns and Bryce takes Lissa back to his place.

Later that evening, Nick gets a desperate phone call from Bryce. Arriving at the luxurious pad where Bryce is house-sitting, Nick finds himself in the middle of a situation that is already spiraling out of control. The girl, it turns out, was underage, Bryce was drunk and things got out of hand. When she threatened to call the cops, things got even more extreme. In fact, he reveals, she's still in the house. Nick is the only person Bryce can turn to. Will his old friend help him avoid ruin and prison? What will Nick's help cost Bryce? Even more important to Nick, what will helping Bryce cost him?

A suspense-thriller about difficult situations and desperate measures.

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